Exiting the Show

Can you name the cast members that famously left their high profile television shows?

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Originally brought in as a recurring replacement for Kate on NCIS, she exited the series in the second episode of Season 11.
She left Regis Philbin on Live! only to be replaced by Kelly Ripa.
He was replaced by Peter Capaldi as the Doctor on Doctor Who in 2013.
He was let go from Grey's Anatomy after he used a homphobic slur against (then closeted) gay cast member T.R. Knight.
This man left the US version of The Office in Season 7 to pursue his film career more actively, and his character was moved to Colorado with Holly to get married.
Producers kept his departure top secret until his character's murder during a trial on The Good Wife, shocking many fans of the show.
She left Cheers and her character of Diane behind in hopes of making it big in movies.
He left ER during Season 5 to focus on his film career, but made returns in Season 6 and 15 as his character Doug Ross.
Richie Cunningham left to join the Army after Season 7 when this actor exited Happy Days to focus on directing.
She exited The Hills right after Heidi and Spencer tied the knot, and was replaced by Kristin Cavallari for the remainder of the series.
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She played Brenda on Beverly Hills, 90210 for four seasons before leaving the series.
She exited The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1975 to star in her own spinoff series, Phyllis.
She finished up the fourth season of Gossip Girl and only returned in the series finale as her character Jenny Humphrey.
She was the first of the original set of American Idol judges to leave the show, and was replaced by Ellen DeGeneres.
He left alongside with Rashida Jones during the sixth season of Parks and Recreation.
A pay dispute and repeated walkouts led to her eponymous sitcom being retooled into what became The Hogan Family, and her character was killed offscreen in a car accident.
After her demands for a salary increase on Three's Company were not met, she was let go from the show.
After a series of erratic behavioral issues, his Two and a Half Men contract was terminated and was replaced in later seasons by Ashton Kutcher.
She left the orginal version of CSI after twelve seasons of playing Catherine Willows.
He left Community midway through Season 4 by 'mutual agreement' between himself and NBC, but made a quick cameo in the Season 5 premiere before being killed off for good.
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